Quiet Reflections

Quiet Moments with OUR Lord

 ‘Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?’

 

This week, we will be considering the questions asked of us and our answer to verse 5 in the Hymn – ‘Will you come and follow me’ – The Summons – an invitation to us all from Jesus to be one of his disciples.  

 

OPENING PRAYER

 

Merciful Lord, you call us to follow; to turn away from our own selfish interests and ways, and to take up the cross and follow you, even if the path is difficult to bear, or is heading in a direction we would never have chosen ourselves.

Forgive us for being so quick to question and so hesitant to follow. Help us to see with the eyes of faith, rather than from our own human point of view.

Teach us to follow without fear, knowing that you are always with us, leading the way. Amen.

 

HYMN – THE SUMMONS

Will you come and follow me if I but call your name?

Will you go where you don't know and never be the same?

Will you let my love be shown? Will you let my name be known,

will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?

Will you leave yourself behind if I but call your name?

Will you care for cruel and kind and never be the same?

Will you risk the hostile stare should your life attract or scare?

Will you let me answer prayer in you and you in me?

Will you let the blinded see if I but call your name?

Will you set the prisoners free and never be the same?

Will you kiss the leper clean and do such as this unseen,

and admit to what I mean in you and you in me?

Will you love the "you" you hide if I but call your name?

Will you quell the fear inside and never be the same?

Will you use the faith you've found to reshape the world around,

through my sight and touch and sound in you and you in me?

Lord your summons echoes true when you but call my name.

Let me turn and follow you and never be the same.

In Your company I'll go where Your love and footsteps show.

Thus I'll move and live and grow in you and you in me.

 

John L. Bell & Graham Maule

 

REFLECTION

 

‘Come and follow me’ An invitation from Jesus, not only an invitation to accept him as our Saviour and to learn his ways, live his ways, act as Jesus did and does but also a personal invitation to be with him, share our days with him, and in modern words –

‘Hang out with him’. Jesus wants to be part of every single second of our lives. Jesus wants us to enter a special relationship with him. Ok, we can’t physically see him – but – we enjoy and feel his presence through prayer and conversation with him in our quiet time. Jesus is with us when we read the Bible, he is with us in our Church fellowship and worship. Jesus never leaves our side whatever we may be doing or wherever we may be. When we reach out to others with the love of Jesus, through word and deed, Jesus is right there with us encouraging us.

 

We also feel and enjoy Jesus’s presence through songs and hymns.

 

 

TASK  

 

In today’s hymn – The Summons – ‘Will you come and follow me’;

 

Do the questions of verses 1 – 4 call out to you?

 

Do the words of verse 5 echo your life?

 

Spend some time in the quietness of prayer and thought before you answer the questions asked of you. Then read the words of the song a few times so that you can reflect fully on the questions and the words you are reading. For those of you who have internet, you may enjoy listening to the hymn during your quiet time of prayer and reflection.

 


 

CLOSING PRAYER

 

In my journeying with you, may I never lose my sense of direction; never lose sight of the landmark towards which I travel. And should cloud or rain obscure my vision, may I draw closer to you, so that my feet may tread in your footsteps, your words be my encouragement, and your love my protection against the storms that assail me. Amen.